Sunday, February 8, 2009

Primitivism in Popular Culture

Based on the discussion that we had in class about the concept of Primitivism, and the wonderful song that we heard from The Kinks, I think that it is interesting to see this portrayal in popular culture. I was flipping through the channels to catch a hockey game and came across a show on the travel channel that you may or may not be familiar with. This program outlines an "adventure" that two men had, one being a former soldier and the other a journalist, in which they lived with a tribe that had been unchanged for thousands of years. In fact, the only changes that they had undergone were those associated with missionaries and their new association with Christianity. I just thought it was interesting some of the opinions that the "westerners" had and how they were so boldly in contrast with the dialogue of the tribe(which had seemingly been translated). Take from this what you will but I just found it to be interesting to see how the two groups interacted and some of the conclusions that the outsiders had come to.

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